a Sushi

“Sushi /n./ Known to the rest of the world as ‘Bait’.”

Despite what you might think, reading and writing Japanese (at least when it comes to kana) is actually really easy. It’s not like English at all (which is tough) and things are generally written the way they sound, and sound the way they are written (though, of course, there are some exceptions).

To illustrate this point, we’re going to look at some words you already know, the first of which is of course “sushi.”

The word “sushi” consists of two separate kana: SU + SHI. Take a look at your hiragana chart and see if you can find the kana for both of these (su & shi). What are they? Just for the sake of letting things sink in, go ahead and copy the characters “su” and “shi” in order to write the word “sushi” out.

This image is taken from the hiragana chart we’re using, and I’ve circled the correct characters. Now, on the sheet they aren’t in the correct order, but when you write out す (su) and し (shi) together, you get すし (sushi). Writing in hiragana really is that simple. It’s amazing, right?

Now, unfortunately, there is a kanji for this word as well (寿司 = すし = sushi), but you don’t need to worry about that at all right now. We’re focusing on hiragana for the time being.

Did you understand how we wrote the word “sushi” using the kana from your hiragana chart? How easy was that? All you need to do is find the right kana and create the word. Make sure you understand what happened on this page before moving on to the next word.

Easy, right? What else can you spell?

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